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10th December 2018
Dear Friends of i-Saksham,

Greetings!

In the last update, we shared that we have now become a batch of 50 fellows in this FY 2018-19, having scaled our last year prototype of i-Saksham fellowship with 17 fellows, and that Niwas, and Nalini, our ex-team members got through Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai respectively to pursue their respective dream courses. They have raised the bar of imagination for each one of us as how good opportunities and right mentoring can harness the unlimited potential of youths of these backward regions of the country.

We are now sharing an inspiring 3-part story of change of Sanjay Ji, our i-Saksham fellow of the first pilot batch.
Sanjay Ji, i-Saksham Fellow

Sanjay Ji, aged 40 is from Matadih Village of Munger District, Bihar. He started teaching in 2010 i.e.  8 years back at the age of 32 with an intention to become self-independent,  after making many attempts to clear government bank examination. His father’s death and his growing age became an immediate trigger for him to start his learning centre which could help him sustain economically and at the same time remain connected with education. He started with just 2 kids.

In 2017, he applied for i-Saksham fellowship program with the expectation to learn innovative pedagogy methods to engage children better, and improve their learning outcomes. He was struggling to teach children of multiple learning levels.

In last one and half years, he has grown as an inspiration for his creative and innovative teaching practices. For example, he would bring a Weighing balance to teach children about weights. As you can see below, his learning centre ensures that children learn every time they look around.



As of today he teaches more than 60 children at his learning centre!! The enrollment has more than doubled within last 6 months. His continuous efforts and training have made him emerge as a role model for many teachers and community tutors. Teachers from nearby areas visit him to learn.  
In the next update, we will share other innovative practices he undertook that led to such a massive increase in enrollment of children at his centre.

Team i-Saksham

Dear Friends of i-Saksham,

Greetings!

In the last update, we shared that we have now become a batch of 50 fellows in this FY 2018-19, having scaled our last year prototype of i-Saksham fellowship with 17 fellows, and that Niwas, and Nalini, our ex-team members got through Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai respectively to pursue their respective dream courses. They have raised the bar of imagination for each one of us as how good opportunities and right mentoring can harness the unlimited potential of youths of these backward regions of the country.

We are now sharing an inspiring 3-part story of change of Sanjay Ji, our i-Saksham fellow of the first pilot batch.
Sanjay Ji, i-Saksham Fellow

Sanjay Ji, aged 40 is from Matadih Village of Munger District, Bihar. He started teaching in 2010 i.e.  8 years back at the age of 32 with an intention to become self-independent,  after making many attempts to clear government bank examination. His father’s death and his growing age became an immediate trigger for him to start his learning centre which could help him sustain economically and at the same time remain connected with education. He started with just 2 kids.

In 2017, he applied for i-Saksham fellowship program with the expectation to learn innovative pedagogy methods to engage children better, and improve their learning outcomes. He was struggling to teach children of multiple learning levels.

In last one and half years, he has grown as an inspiration for his creative and innovative teaching practices. For example, he would bring a Weighing balance to teach children about weights. As you can see below, his learning centre ensures that children learn every time they look around.



As of today he teaches more than 60 children at his learning centre!! The enrollment has more than doubled within last 6 months. His continuous efforts and training have made him emerge as a role model for many teachers and community tutors. Teachers from nearby areas visit him to learn.  
In the next update, we will share other innovative practices he undertook that led to such a massive increase in enrollment of children at his centre.

Team i-Saksham

2nd September 2018
Hi All,

Here is an update on visit to i-Saksham by Students from Japan.

Michmasa Satake Sir has been a friend of i-Saksham for years. He visited us last year and this year he was accompanied by 10 studens from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

These students had come to understand the role played by youth in community development. They visited the learning centres of a few i-Saksham fellows, including the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas.










Interacting with people and cultures yet unknown to them helps the children, the fellows and our team have a different perspective of things. We look forward to more such visits, by many of you.

Warmly,
Team I-Saksham


Hi All,

Here is an update on visit to i-Saksham by Students from Japan.

Michmasa Satake Sir has been a friend of i-Saksham for years. He visited us last year and this year he was accompanied by 10 studens from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

These students had come to understand the role played by youth in community development. They visited the learning centres of a few i-Saksham fellows, including the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas.










Interacting with people and cultures yet unknown to them helps the children, the fellows and our team have a different perspective of things. We look forward to more such visits, by many of you.

Warmly,
Team I-Saksham


16th July 2018
Dear friend of i-Saksham,

Trust you are doing good.  Here is an update on i-Saksham from recent months.

Last year, we started i-Saksham fellowship, with the objective of engaging deeper with the youth and the children. We worked with 17 fellows who taught around 500 children. The results have been encouraging. i-Saksham team has been able to deliver visible change in teaching skills, confidence and attitude of the fellows and we are now seeing it being reflected into classroom teaching.
Taking it further, second batch of fellowship has been launched. Now we have 50 fellows in total. i-Saksham is working on a two year program to support these fellows grow as a fantastic teacher.
We saw good results of youth mentoring this year. Niwas, one of our students and i-Saksham team member has got admission into M.A. Education Azeem Premji University. Nalini, one of your fellows, who is quite passionate about dance, has got admission into Dance Movement Therapy at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Priyanka, sister of one of our students has been selected by Navgurukul for training in software development.
However, two of the fellows/students were selected for the Navgurukul programme, were not allowed by their parents to join. They might have rights reasons to be apprehensive to send their daughters away from home.  Long way ahead to change mindsets.

Here are some photos and video links from last few months.




Group learning activity at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Jamui


Learning English using Duolingo App


Beginner's level chidlren at Shabnam's Centre

Parents of children and fellows at the launch of 2nd batch of i-Saksham fellowship


i-Saksham team and i-Saksham fellows Fellows at the launch of 2nd batch of i-Saksham fellowship
Dear friend of i-Saksham,

Trust you are doing good.  Here is an update on i-Saksham from recent months.

Last year, we started i-Saksham fellowship, with the objective of engaging deeper with the youth and the children. We worked with 17 fellows who taught around 500 children. The results have been encouraging. i-Saksham team has been able to deliver visible change in teaching skills, confidence and attitude of the fellows and we are now seeing it being reflected into classroom teaching.
Taking it further, second batch of fellowship has been launched. Now we have 50 fellows in total. i-Saksham is working on a two year program to support these fellows grow as a fantastic teacher.
We saw good results of youth mentoring this year. Niwas, one of our students and i-Saksham team member has got admission into M.A. Education Azeem Premji University. Nalini, one of your fellows, who is quite passionate about dance, has got admission into Dance Movement Therapy at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Priyanka, sister of one of our students has been selected by Navgurukul for training in software development.
However, two of the fellows/students were selected for the Navgurukul programme, were not allowed by their parents to join. They might have rights reasons to be apprehensive to send their daughters away from home.  Long way ahead to change mindsets.

Here are some photos and video links from last few months.




Group learning activity at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Jamui


Learning English using Duolingo App


Beginner's level chidlren at Shabnam's Centre

Parents of children and fellows at the launch of 2nd batch of i-Saksham fellowship


i-Saksham team and i-Saksham fellows Fellows at the launch of 2nd batch of i-Saksham fellowship